Aphelion Issue 296, Volume 28
July 2024 --
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Meeting a Fig Tree

by Amirah Al Wassif

I know a fig tree walks in beauty singing a fair song as soon as my heart beats.
She uses elevators and electric stairs
People are astonished by her actions, but she doesn't even bother to argue with them.
She is very busy with counting the blessings on her enormous fingers.
I see a wild bird waving at everybody,
Running in hurry to different errands.
She understands what poetry means through silence.
Sometimes I feel as if I am a pond and millions ducks swimming around my waist
A crystal ball comes from somewhere at my feet,
My world turns upside down when I touch it
I locked in a fountain of light,
Here I am sitting peacefully with many versions of me.

© 2024 Amirah Al Wassif

Amirah Al Wassif is an award-winning published poet. Their poetry collection "For Those Who Don’t Know Chocolate" was published in February 2019 by Poetic Justice Books & arts, and their illustrated children book: The Cocoa Boy and Other Stories was published in February 2020. Another poetry collection "to bury a curious girl" was published by Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company. Their poems have appeared in several prints and online publications including South Florida Poetry, Birmingham Arts Journal, Hawaii Review, The Meniscus, Chiron Review, The Hunger, Writers Resist, Right Now, and several other publications.

Find more by Amirah Al Wassif in the Author Index.